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Our current view spotlights Jeffrey Zeldman
Imagine needing some good advice. You go to your friend who is wise, gentle and has been where you are thinking about going. If you are looking at the Web, Jeffrey Zeldman is that friend.

p i x e l v i e w - Jeffrey Zeldman
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The Best Reason Yet for Open Source Software
A digital rights management operating system protects rights-managed data, such as downloaded content, from access by untrusted programs while the data is loaded into memory or on a page file as a result of the execution of a trusted application that accesses the memory. To protect the rights-managed data resident in memory, the digital rights management operating system refuses to load an untrusted program into memory while the trusted application is executing or removes the data from memory before loading the untrusted program. If the untrusted program executes at the operating system level, such as a debugger, the digital rights management operating system renounces a trusted identity created for it by the computer processor when the computer was booted. To protect the rights-managed data on the page file, the digital rights management operating system prohibits raw access to the page file, or erases the data from the page file before allowing such access. Alternatively, the digital rights management operating system can encrypt the rights-managed data prior to writing it to the page file. The digital rights management operating system also limits the functions the user can perform on the rights-managed data and the trusted application, and can provide a trusted clock used in place of the standard computer clock.

Does the word activation ring a bell

Microsoft Digital Rights Management Operating System - US Patent No. 6,330,670
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Source: Cryptome.org

Global Democracy and the ICANN Elections

Here are a series of papers from Georgia Tech looking at the ICANN At Large Elections last year.

The seven articles in this issue focus on the global elections held in 2000 for the governing board of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The authors examine the election from such diverse theoretical perspective as democratic theory, social movements, communications governance, global democracy, and Asian development. The issue provides relevant reading for policy-makers, researchers, and Internet experts.

Note: Requires Adobe Reader or Real Pages to view

Global Democracy and the ICANN Elections
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Source: Graphics, Visualization & Usability (GVU) Center at Georgia Tech
Hattip: Hans Klein

Cyberpunks

Geeks and Spooks Bruce Sterling writes science fiction and thinks about the future.

Speech at "Global Challenges, Trends and Best Practices in Cryptography," the Information System Security and Education Center, Washington, DC
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Source: Viridian Design.org
Hattip: Doc Searls

Dmitry Sklyarov Update

Dmitry Sklyarov is semi-free. A deal has been negotiated which will allow him to return home.

Government Agrees to Defer Prosecution of Dmitry Sklyarov
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Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

As long as the DCMA stands this nonsense will continue.

Current Opinion

No RAND for Me

The web works because HTML is an open system.

The majority of what you see on your screen is written in Hyper Text Markup Language. This language has been carefully created to extend the capabilities of what can be communicated from one computer to another. The source for this is the W3C World Wide Web Consortium.

The W3C holds a special position in our little world. We in concert, without clubs, memberships, secret handshakes, or free mouse pads, have decided to agree on the W3C Recommendations as the stone tablets of our universe of the web. We are here as these 'standards' are non-proprietary, open source, and do not 'belong' to anybody. This means that we have a baseline to begin our exploration and experimentation with what we can get to show up in a browser.

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